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Document Typology: Projects to insert patient with disabilities in the job market
Target groups: Patients
country Where It Took Place: Poland
Name of compiler: dr n. med. Jacek Kabziński
name of institution: Akademia Humanistyczno – Ekonomiczna w Łodzi
role: Partner
language Of The Description: English
title: Disabled does not mean ineffective – a project of employing people with disabilities in the production area
description Of The Best Practice:
People with disabilities perceive the job market as unfriendly for them. This is not entirely unfounded opinion, because in spite of many public campaigns aimed at changing the approach to disabled workers, there still persists a conviction of their inadequacy in the labor market. This results largely on unjustified reluctance to employ people with disabilities and consequently to exclude them from social life. Employers are afraid that they will need to buy special equipment to adjust the work place to the needs of the dissabled and they cannot afford it. They are also afraid that such workers may not be as efficient and productive as healthy workers. Another reason is that the disabled happen to be on a sick leave very frequently, they are treated as not fully reliable workers.
The fear of hiring people with disabilities has been broken in a company producing medical equipment. At the factory in job positions not requiring special skill are uneducated people, looking for a simple job. However, the rotation of such people is very high, resulting in significantly increased costs. The plan envisaged the employment of people with disabilities to meet the needs of both employers (stable staff) and employees (finding well-paying, stable job in which disability is not a barrier). Since jobs only require ability to work with the use of hands, there was no impediment to employment for disabled people.
Results:
The recruitment process was very simple, the number of candidates admitted to the study was very large, which clearly indicates the great need of this type of offers. The project has led to at least partially meeting the needs of job offers among people with disabilities contributing to prevent their social exclusion. At the same time noteworthy is the fact that the workers proved to be extremely conscientious and much efficient than their predecessors. Such persons are very anxious to work. From the standpoint of the employer in addition a very high value is the stability of employment which is important especially in view of the necessity for training each new employee. The greatest value of Project seems to be grounding an opinion among invalid people that they do not have to be excluded form social and work life. It has to be said that this project was planned to be a temporary one, but its effects were so big that it is carried out constantly.
Quality indicators:
Use of tools of International Classifications of Functioning, disability and Health (OMS 2011)
Comment:
What the company considers as a success is the fact that the project is well received by other employers in the organization. In addition, the project also had a social meaning. Undoubtedly, the company that employs workers with disabilities is gaining a better image on the labor market. It is seen as more open, trustworthy and socially responsible. It is desirable picture, both for the younger generation of potential job candidates and for the clients and contractors.
Evaluation:
For this particular practice we chose the Indicator: Use of tools of International Classifications of Functioning, disability and Health (OMS 2011).
Organization managed to meet the target set for the project. Recruited group of employees has been very stable. The workers were productive, reliable and dedicated to their work. At the same time company has managed to reduce the cost of producing this range of products and thus became more competitive on the market. As mentioned before, the company that employs workers with disabilities is gaining a better image on the labor market. It is seen as more open, trustworthy and socially responsible. It is desirable picture, both for the younger generation of potential job candidates and for the clients and contractors.

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